Santa Fe school shooting
## ## David Briscoe’s description of the gruesome massacre at a Texas high school on May 18 last year was incredibly graphic and detailed.
Briscoe told reporters from a number of national media outlets include Time, CNN and The Wall Street Journal that he was a substitute English teacher at Santa Fe High School when 10 people were killed.
He heard gunshots, screaming and a fire alarm, he said. It sounded like somebody had been shot nearby and was groaning. So he did what he thought was the best thing to do.
barricaded the door with desks and tables and shut the lights, he told CNN.
it felt like hours before we got out of the school, but one of my students said it was 30 to 45 minutes, he said.
Students from Santa Fe High School in Texas gather after a shooting. Picture: KTRKSource:Supplied
Friends and family comfort one another after the shooting. Picture: Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSource:AFP
Time magazine ran a story quoting the substitute teacher, too.
It was a gripping account of a devastating event perpetrated by 17 year old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who has been charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.
But in April, Briscoe story fell apart. He reached out to a reporter from the Texas Tribunehoping to discuss his role in the aftermath of the shooting one year on.
Journalist Alex Samuels spoke to him for 31 minutes. He told her the things he remembered from being inside the school.
knowing that there blood on the walls where you walk at I don think I could go back. Instead, Samuels started doing some digging.
She discovered that nobody named David Briscoe was employed by the local school district.
She was told by local police they had record of a person by that name working at the school and that there were no English classes on the side of the school Briscoe claimed he was working when the shooting began.
Samuels looked through public records that showed no David Briscoe lived in Texas at the time.
Before he deleted the Twitter account, Briscoe was attacked for using the tragedy for his own personal benefit. 13 more wounded more beyond that forever scarred.
They were our family. Riley Chris died heroes better men in that moment than you will ever be. You don’t even deserve mentioning with them.